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I want to work in Biotechnology

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Biotechnology involves making a micro-organism capable of producing desirable biochemicals not available via chemical synthesis.

Uses of Biotechnology

Traditionally brewing, agriculture and dairy production.

More recently

  • Medical and veterinary fields.
  • Genetic engineering - improved plants.
  • Health care products - antibiotics, vaccines, hormones - fermentation scientist.
  • Biochemical products - enzymes, vitamins, flavours, organic solvents.
  • Agricultural - nitrogen fixation, composting.
  • Metal extraction - copper.
  • Sewage and waste treatment - pollutant degradation.
  • Energy industry - generating methane fuel from sewage and effluents.

Skills required:

  • receptivity to new ideas
  • flexibility
  • problem solving
  • teamworking in a multidisciplinary team.

Multi disciplinary

  • microbiology is the main discipline plus biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, immunology, biochemical and chemical engineering. Not a distinct discipline.
  • mainly postgraduate/PhD/postdoc. recruitment - not much for first degree people.

Job roles

  • Bioprocess technology and development
  • Fermentation Scientist
  • Genetic manipulation and engineering
  • Protein engineering
  • Downstream processing
  • Cell Culture
  • Production
  • Quality Assurance




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Last Updated: 10/09/2019